Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.93/5 rDev +30.8%
A: Great golden translucent hue beneath a healthy 1/4" head. Lacing was well represented along the side of the glass
S: Amazing hop aroma. Have they thought about making this smell into a perfume?
T: Absolutely perfect. Granted I grew up in the Willamette Valley, Oregon and am a huge fan of the Cascade hops but the choice of cascade, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops is brilliant. Starts with a sharp bite and ends with a relaxing aftertaste that I really enjoy.
M: A little bitter and mild hints of carbonation that lead to a good bite on the tip and mid part of the tonuge both of which I prefer for an IPA.
O: One of my new favorite beers of the year. I am obviously a big fan of hoppy beers and as far as hoppy beers go this one has chosen wisely and delivered a great complex yet very enjoyable beer like some of the other great Belgium styles from Europe.
03-19-2012 02:05:18 | More by glivengood
4.9/5 rDev +30%
How can I give you an honest review of my favorite beer?
I went to the store for Stone IPA and I got this instead. If they didn't have Stone I was going to get the Two Hearted Ale or Arrogant Bastard. Maybe you've had some of these other beers and that should help you understand where this beer starts...where it ends...I cannot fully describe.
The thing that this beer has that makes it more special than other IPA's to me is a spicy ZING! It has a real edge to it but it's balanced. It's dry but it's sweet. I can't compare this to anything else I've had. I have had the Belgian-American IPA that Stone makes...this is something else. I don't mean to say it's just better because it really is a completely different style from that beer.
This is like Fat-Tire IPA. It's bready, and yeasty but also hoppy. It's got a touch of toasty malts but it's not a heavy beer. It does get a bit dry when you've had a bunch of them, and since they now come in six packs, this is going to be something that you too will likely experience.
Not that anybody really cares about this, but this beer has a great appearance. It's the color of beer. It's not black or watery...it's just a slightly cloudy, yet transparent golden color with a cotton white head that leaves thick lacing behind as the head retreats at an admirable pace. This is perfection guys.
The only reason I'm not giving this a perfect score is because you can't drink this beer into oblivion without feeling your stomach has become a rising loaf of yeast heavy bread while your mouth is intensely parched from the heavy handed hops in this beer. So, although it's my session beer of choice, I know very well that it's not really meant to be a session beer, but I don't really like beers that are meant to go down easy. This beer isn't meant to go down your throat unnoticed. This beer is meant to get your attention and satisfy your senses.
DO NOT MISS THIS BEER. This one is unique. It's probably love/hate, but for this craft beer drinking fool...it's love all the way. Enjoy.
10-18-2011 02:53:27 | More by 3nlightenedfool
4.7/5 rDev +24.7%
Served in a pint glass
A: burnished copper, like an IPA! White 1.5" white head settled somewhat but stood proud. Slightly cloudy.
S: wet straw, caramel, yeast, citrus, and delicious funk
T: just like the smell! A perfect blend of a Belgian ale and a hoppy American IPA. Caramel malts, funky yeast biproducts, citrusy hops
M: On the full side. Probably around 1.010 to 1.012 but with a full mouthfeel like what is left from WLP001. Rich yet medium? Probably just a little full for both a Belgian and an IPA.
O: I understand this is a controversial style and so frankly this beer isn't getting the recognition it deserves. It is a perfect blend of the two styles. I am thrilled to have it available, and will buy it as often as I can and hope to keep it in stock.
06-10-2012 23:14:20 | More by Bottlebomber
4.6/5 rDev +22%
This is a simple beer. Simply delicious and maybe worthy of session drinking.
Pop the cap off one of these bottled babies and you are instantly engulfed in floral/herbal/hop aromas. All three are persent however not any one is overwhelming. I sense light bitter honey ondertones as well whenever I drink one of these.
Carbonation seems high for an IPA but head and lacing are a bit below average.
At first sip it is a refreshing / light to medium pilsner body that encourages you to gulp a little more confidently untill a few mouthfuls later you are in a caught up in the aroma all the while never minding it. At 7% abv it is not a very light beer but can be consumed like one in terms of drinkability. This is a relaxing brew that can be enjoyed by the finickiest little woman to the most macho of men.
This is a classy beer and makes one feel classy.
11-18-2011 15:53:09 | More by PeteRock
4.55/5 rDev +20.7%
New Belgium Belgo Belgian IPA: This one is a must try! Close your eyes, take a sip and you will experience a great IPA that magically transforms into a Belgian Trippel. Amazing how New Belgium has done this. Two beers in one. New Belgium is a master at marketing with their quirky ads, great beer names (hard to beat “Fat Tire” as a beer name, even though I personally do not care for that brew) and traditional labels. They missed it with Belgo. The name does nothing for me, and the label is ugly at best. But let’s not judge the beer by the packaging. The Belgo pours with a honey colored body, little carbonation, and a great pillowy head with fine lacing. It looks fantastic in the glass, and the looks are outdone by the aroma, which is prominent with a complex blend of hops and malt coming through. Lots of enjoyment even before you takes a sip. The flavors will blow you away! It starts out as a fine IPA with lots of hops coming through, then mid sip transforms to a Belgian style Trippel, malty, yeasty and wonderful! The Belgo is a great find. Take a six over to your most discerning beer snob friend and you will get the pick of the month award.
10-07-2011 14:39:25 | More by iSip
4.53/5 rDev +20.2%
Rich amber color with a frothy three finger head and a one finger to half finger head retention. Great lacing sticking around the glass. Some carbonation bubbles from the yeast partials found in the ale.
The aroma is a blend of Belgium yeast and fruitiness, yet blended very well with the hop bitterness of an American IPA. Pine notes and citrus as I would expect.
Again the flavor is a great blend of both worlds. The sharp bitterness of American hops blended with with the yeasty bread flavors of a Belgium ale. Finishes a little slick on the tongue with some alcohol sweetness yet has that American IPA dry hop dryness in the end. Medium bodied and easy to drink.
Overall this is an IPA I will always look forward to drink when I want something a little different than the straight forward in you face hopped American IPA. This IPA just gives me some different for a change and does a great job at it!
10-23-2011 04:34:18 | More by Luigi
Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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